Best Ever Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe makes delicious, soft, and chewy cookies. I have yet to find a snickerdoodle recipe that beats it.

Soft, chewy, and perfectly spiced with cinnamon. This snickerdoodle cookie recipe is an old family favorite that will be your new family favorite once you try them.

Six cookies stacked up on blue plate.

My Grandpa Sorency was always my #1 fan of my baking, even when I was learning. Everything I made came out to be the best thing ever! He especially loved German Chocolate Cake and exclaimed that mine was the Best Ever German Chocolate Cake he had ever had {which this recipe is still in the top recipes viewed on my blog}.

The Best Snickerdoodles

While he never really shared any of his recipes, I only remember that he loved making cookies.

He was known for his Snickerdoodle Cookies; when he made them, I’ll be honest: he didn’t share much. Occasionally, he’d share one if you dropped by at the right time. Really I think he only shared because my grandma would give him the look of death if he didn’t offer us one.

Cookie dough in balls on metal cookie sheet

We love these cookies because they are soft, chewy, and irresistible. If you want a classic snickerdoodle recipe I am so happy to share this one with you.


  • Soft shortening
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Cream of tartar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar for the coating

My grandma passed away in 2022, before then she loved doing family history with my kids and going over the boys coin collection. They would spend hours together, which is some of their best memories with her.

Sons Aiden and Madden with Grandma GiGi looking over coin collection

When she came over, she always brought the kids a treat, whether is was these Snickerdoodle Cookies, or a $2 bill or Peeps, she never came over empty handed.

Son Aiden and Grandma GiGi looking over coin collection online

It was funny my grandpa’s cookies were always soft. When my grandma made these, she baked them a minute or two long, and the kids immediately gave her that feedback.

I was so embarrassed, but my grandma agreed, and we all laughed. The next day, Madden {my Cookie Monster} asked to make them, and I couldn’t say no. We baked it following the recipe card that was my grandpa’s which my grandma gave the kids, super special, right?!

Original recipe card on blue tray with cinnamon and raw cookies dough

Sandra’s Tips

  • Why is cream of tartar used in snickerdoodle cookies? It gives the cookies their distinctive tangy flavor and helps make them chewy.
  • Can you use butter instead of shortening? Yes, you can use them in place of each other, but it will change the texture of the cookies. Shortening will make a cookie that is lighter and fluffier. They also won’t spread as much when baked. Butter will add a different flavor and will also make the cookies a little denser.
  • How should you store them? You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days. Or, you can freeze them for up to two months.

This Best Ever Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe is the best because nothing beats my grandpa’s recipes unless they’re my grandma’s {lol}.

Finished cookies on metal cookie sheet.

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stack of snickerdoodles and snickerdoodle dough

Best Ever Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 93 kcal
My Grandpa’s Best Ever Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe makes delicious, soft, and chewy cookies. I have yet to find a snickerdoodle recipe that beats it.


  • 1 cup soft shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Sugar Topping

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer beat together shortening, sugar and eggs until well combined. If you want you can just add this all into your stand mixer and beat until combined.
  • In a medium mixing bowl sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and beat until combined.
  • Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine and mix together the 2 tablespoons of sugar with the 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Using a cookie dough scooper, scoop dough and roll into balls the size of walnuts. Roll the cookie dough balls into sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  • Place dough about 2-inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Baking until lightly browned but still soft – do not over bake, you will have a crispy cookie.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, I always stop at 8 minutes and never go over that. My grandpa let them bake a little longer.
  • Baker’s Note: These cookies will puff up at first then flatten out with crinkled tops.
Calories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 12gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 30mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 10IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.4mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know what you think!
photo collage of the cookies with text.

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  1. 5 stars
    These Snickerdoodle Cookies are SO GOOD!! My kids loved them! I can’t wait to make them again and again!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing your sweet story about your grandpa. And for understanding the brave effort your grandma made to make the leap from her grief to make his cookies for your family. Tender stories. I love snickerdoodles, and I agree with you these are the best ever.

  3. 5 stars
    I totally forgot to post here! We made this exact cookie recipe at our new years celebration party at work and it was a great hit! Cheers and thanks for posting it, kind regards from everyone at Tvangssalg B. in Norway.

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